Join our Adult Education Ministry on Sunday evenings at 6 p.m. for this great discussion series with our resident theologean John Rybicki.

It seems as though disciples of both Science and Religion enjoy being in conflict but is there truly a conflict between these fields of thought? We will examine both the philosophy of science and of religion and discuss recent developments. Two case studies will also be reviewed: The Galileo and Scopes trials and what they tell us about the real source of conflict between religion and science.

Discussions during the course will include:

  • Cosmology (the Universe), Reductionism (Quantum Physics)
  • Evolution & Reaction (The Scopes Trial)
  • Creationism (Intelligent Design), Brain/ Mind (Consciousness)
  • Free Will (Ethics and Morality)
  • The Church / The Bible (“New Atheists”), Faith and Reason (Galileo)

Sample Lectures:

October 1st
Listen to the first lecture here to get a preview of what our lectures are like:
October 8th
Listen to the second lecture here to get a preview of what our lectures are like:

Join us on these dates:

October 15th
October 22nd
October 29th
November 5th
November 12th
November 19th
November 26th
December 3rd

About John Rybicki

John Rybicki has a BS from Clarkson College of Technology, an MA from the University of Arkansas, and an MS from George Washington University. He has diplomas in Theological Studies from both the Virginia Theological Seminary and the Antiochian Orthodox Church. He has studied at St. George’s College in Jerusalem and has received a Master of Theology degree from the St. John of Damascus Institute of Theology, Balamand University.

John spent over 35 years supporting the Department of Defense, either as a member of the U.S. Army or as a private consultant.

After John’s retirement from full-time service to the Department of Defense in 2005, he became a Pastoral Associate at the Riderwood Retirement Community in Maryland with responsibility for religious education where he facilitated a weekly Jewish-Christian religious dialogue. He retired from that position after 10 years of service in 2015.

John continues to lecture at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, George Mason University; the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, and in local churches.